Bremen - Last April, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on maritime traffic seem to have affected only marginally the activity of the German port of Bremen/Bremerhaven, which, in the month, when the downward trend in the number of infected people in Germany began and continued, moved 5.95 million tons of goods.
Traffic dropped slightly by -0.6% on April 2019, due to the significant decrease, -14.0%, in the outgoing traffic, which stood at 2.65 million tons, while the incoming one increased by + 13.6% to 3.30 million tons.
As for other major world ports, in Bremen the impact on total traffic was most noticeable in the traffic segment of new factory cars which in the German port suffered a sharp drop of -54.7%, being amounted to over 88 thousand vehicles as well as in the non-containerized various goods sector in which 494 thousand tons (-36.2%) were handled, of which 223 thousand tons of rolling stock (-44.4%), 65 thousand tons of steel workers (-74.5%), 48 thousand tons of forest products (-18.6%) and 158 thousand tons of other loads (+ 167.8%).
The traffic of the container, counted in terms of containers from 20 feet (teu) handled, was equal to 400 thousand teu, with a decrease of -2.0%, traffic, a percentage which instead shows an increase of + 1.7% if calculated in terms of weight having been handled 4.63 million tons. Furthermore, the increase in bulk has been decided, with liquid loads totaling 195 thousand tons (+ 30.0%) and solid ones 635 thousand tons (+ 22.8%) including 346 thousand tons of minerals (+ 4.8%), 44 thousand tons of cereals and food products (-10.2%), 22 thousand tons of coal and coke (+ 120.0%) and 418 thousand tons of other solid bulk (+ 50.4%).
In the first quarter of 2020, the German port has handled a total of 23.77 million tons of goods, with a progression of +0.7% over the period January-April last year, of which 12.05 million tons on landing (+ 1.5%) and 11.72 million tons at boarding (-0.2%). The total of various goods was 20.91 million tons (+ 1.0%), of which 18.01 million tons of container goods (+ 1.3%) made with a handling of containers equal to 1,61 million teu (-2.6%) and 2.90 million tons of conventional goods (-0.9%). The liquid bulk has been pairs to 689 thousand tons (+ 16.4%) and the solid ones to 2.18 million tons (- 6.2%)